Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack

By Rupert Shortt

On October 29, 2005, 3 Indonesian schoolgirls have been beheaded as they walked to varsity -- designated simply because they have been Christian. Like them, many Christians all over the world undergo violence or discrimination for his or her religion. in reality, extra Christians than humans of the other religion team now reside below possibility. Why is that this spiritual persecution so largely ignored?

In Christianophobia Rupert Shortt investigates the surprising remedy of Christians on a number of continents and exposes the level of respectable collusion. Christian believers often do not develop into radicalized yet are likely to face up to nonviolently and preserve a low profile, which has enabled politicians and the media to minimize an issue of massive dimensions. The booklet is replete with correct old heritage to put occasions inside their applicable political and social context.

Shortt demonstrates how freedom of trust is the canary within the mine for freedom usually. released at a time while the elemental significance of religion at the international degree is being well-known greater than ever, this ebook might be crucial analyzing for a person attracted to people's correct to spiritual freedom, irrespective of the place, or between whom, they live.

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The Mind Made Flesh: Frontiers of Psychology and Evolution

By Nicholas Humphrey

Nicholas Humphrey’s writings in regards to the evolution of the brain have performed a lot to set the schedule for modern psychology. right here, in a sequence of riveting essays, he invitations us to "take one other glance" at various the principal and not-so-central matters: the evolution of attention, the character of the self, a number of character illness, the placebo impact, cave artwork, spiritual miracles, mediaeval animal trials, the seductions of dictatorship, and lots more and plenty more.

"Nicholas Humphrey writes so elegantly, he turns pondering right into a optimistic pleasure." Richard Dawkins

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Women and the Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Münster

By Simone Laqua-O'Donnell

Ladies and the Counter-Reformation in Early smooth Münster examines how girls from various social backgrounds encountered the Counter-Reformation. the focal point is on Münster, a urban within the north of Germany, which used to be uncovered to strong Protestant affects which culminated within the infamous Anabaptist state of 1534. After the defeat of the unconventional Protestants, the town was once lower back to Catholicism and a stringent programme of reform used to be enforced.
By reading concubinage, piety, marriage, deviance, and convent reform, center problems with the Counter-Reformation's quest for renewal, this attention-grabbing examine exhibits how girls participated within the social and non secular alterations of the time, and the way their lives have been formed through the Counter-Reformation. utilising examine into the political, non secular, and social associations, and utilizing a magnificent number of resources, Simone Laqua-O'Donnell engages with the best way ladies skilled the recent religiosity, morality, and self-discipline that was once brought to town of Münster in this turbulent time.

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Imagine There's No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World

By Mitchell Stephens

The historic achievements of spiritual trust were huge and good chronicled. yet what approximately the accomplishments of these who've challenged faith? touring from classical Greece to twenty-first century America, think there is not any Heaven explores the function of disbelief in shaping Western civilization. At every one juncture universal issues emerge: via wondering the function of gods within the heavens or the function of a God in developing guy on the earth, nonbelievers support stream technological know-how ahead. via hard the divine correct of monarchs and the strictures of holy books, nonbelievers, together with Jean- Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot, support extend human liberties, and impression the early founding of the United States. Revolutions in technological know-how, in politics, in philosophy, in paintings, and in psychology were led, on a number of events, by means of those people who are freed from the restrictions of spiritual existence. Mitchell Stephens tells the often-courageous stories of history's most vital atheists― like Denis Diderot and Salman Rushdie. Stephens makes a powerful and unique case for his or her significance not just to ultra-modern New Atheist circulation yet to the way in which lots of us―believers and nonbelievers―now imagine and stay.

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Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims

Positive interreligious discussion is just a contemporary phenomenon. till the 19th century, such a lot discussion between believers was once carried on as a debate aimed both to disprove the claims of the opposite, or to transform the opposite to one's personal culture. on the finish of the 19th century, Protestant Christian missionaries of alternative denominations had created this kind of cacophony among themselves within the challenge fields that they determined that it might be most sensible in the event that they might start to triumph over their very own changes rather than complicated or even scandalizing the folks whom they have been attempting to convert. through the center of the 20th century, the horrors of the Holocaust forced Christians, particularly mainline Protestants and Catholics, to go into right into a severe discussion with Jews, one of many effects of which was once the elimination of claims by way of Christians to have changed Judaism, and revising textual content books that communicated that message to Christian believers.

Now, first and foremost of the twenty-first century, many branches of Christianity, now not least the Catholic Church, are engaged in a world-wide positive discussion with Muslims, made all of the extra helpful via the terrorist assaults of September eleven. In those new conversations, Muslim non secular leaders took a big initiative after they despatched their document,''A universal note among Us,'' to all Christians within the West. it truly is a rare record, for it makes a theological argument (various Christians within the West, together with officers on the Vatican, have claimed ''theological conversation'' with Muslims isn't attainable) in keeping with texts drawn from the Hebrew Bible, the hot testomony and the Qur'an, that Jewish, Christian, and Muslim believers proportion the God-given legal responsibility to like God and every different in peace and justice.

The Institute for complex Catholic reviews introduced jointly a world workforce of 16 Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim students to hold on an immense theological exploration of the subject of ''learned ignorance.''

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God and Blackness: Race, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church

By Andrea C. Abrams

Blackness, as an idea, is very fluid: it could actually confer with cultural and ethnic id, socio-political prestige, a cultured and embodied method of being, a social and political cognizance, or a diasporic kinship. it really is used as an outline of epidermis colour starting from the palest cream to the richest chocolate; as a marker of enslavement, marginalization, illegal activity, dirt, or evil; or as an emblem of delight, attractiveness, attractiveness, energy, and intensity. although it's elusive and tough to outline, blackness serves as the most effective and unifying domain names of identity. 
 
God and Blackness offers an ethnographic research of blackness because it is known inside a selected community—that of the 1st Afrikan Church, a middle-class Afrocentric congregation in Atlanta, Georgia. Drawing on approximately years of player commentary and in‑depth interviews, Andrea C. Abrams examines how this neighborhood has hired Afrocentrism and Black theology as a way of negotiating the unreconciled natures of ideas and beliefs which are a part of being either black and American. particularly, Abrams examines the ways that First Afrikan’s building of neighborhood is motivated through shared understandings of blackness, and probes the capability by which participants negotiate the tensions created by means of competing structures in their black identification. even supposing Afrocentrism operates because the point of interest of this dialogue, the booklet examines questions of political identification, spiritual expression and gender dynamics in the course of the lens of a distinct black church.  

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Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

By Amy-Jill Levine

The well known biblical student, writer of The Misunderstood Jew, and normal editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves historical past and non secular research to discover Jesus’ most well-liked instructing parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them vigorous and appropriate for contemporary readers.

Jesus used to be a talented storyteller and perceptive instructor who used parables from lifestyle to successfully express his message and which means. existence in first-century Palestine was once very diverse from our global this present day, and lots of conventional interpretations of Jesus’ tales forget about this disparity and feature usually allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to paint their perspectives.

In this clever, exciting, and academic e-book, Amy-Jill Levine deals a clean, well timed reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short tales by means of Jesus, she analyzes those “problems with parables,” taking readers again in time to appreciate how their unique Jewish viewers understood them. Levine finds the parables’ connections to first-century fiscal and agricultural existence, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman tradition. With this revitalized realizing, she translates those relocating tales for the modern reader, exhibiting how the parables aren't on the subject of Jesus, yet also are approximately us—and while learn rightly, nonetheless problem and impress us thousand years later.

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Living Waters: The Mei HaShiloach

Living Waters - The Mei HaShiloach: A observation at the Torah through Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Isbitza (1800-1854) is the gathered teachings at the Torah by way of the hasidic grasp Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Isbitza. Born in Poland to a rabbinic family members, Reb Yosef was once a scholar of Reb Simcha Bunem of Pshiske. It was once from Reb Bunem that he got the good springs of the lessons of the Baal Shem Tov, the founding father of the hasidic flow.

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Little Golden Book Bible Favorites (Little Golden Book Favorites)

By Christin Ditchfield

3 favourite Little Golden ebook Bible tales (Bible Heroes; Bible tales of Boys and Girls; and Miracles of Jesus) are provided of their entirety in a high quality hardcover quantity. At simply $6.99, it really is excellent for Eastertime gift-giving! that includes the vintage stories of David and Goliath, Samson, Moses, Ruth, Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes, and more—this is the fitting "first e-book" of Bible tales.

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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Evolution and Cognition)

By Scott Atran

This formidable, interdisciplinary ebook seeks to provide an explanation for the origins of faith utilizing our wisdom of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that faith is a derivative of human evolution simply because the cognitive intervention, cultural choice, and historic survival of faith is an lodging of yes existential and ethical parts that experience developed within the human condition.

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